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Shedding Time: My Story Of A Living Fur Machine
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
This post is a bit off of my normal technical topics, but I have seen a lot of questions online over the past few weeks while working on this myself, so I figured I would share.
I have a Syberian Husky that is now 2 years old. For some reason many people (including myself) are told that huskies do not shed. There is some truth in that, but what I was not told was that Huskies "blow." Blowing is the process by which Huskies change their coats, and it happens twice per year, once in spring and once in fall, and it lasts for roughly 2 to 4 weeks. Huskies do indeed shed, but very lightly, nowhere near as bad as some dogs. So for those of you out there that have huskies or are thinking about getting huskies: generally they do not shed, however, when the "blow" twice per year, it is like shedding on steroids.
During the husky blowing process, the hair of your dog will literally clump together, you can run your hands down their back and you will come out with a hand entirely full of hair. Don't panic, this is completely normal, but it is not exactly easy on your carpets and cleaning around the house.
I have tried a lot of things over the past 2 blowing periods for Zoe (my husky), but to no avail. Among this list I tried coat treatment, special grooming, special washing in which they remove the undercoat, and many others. I was going to try shaving her this year, but after talking to my vet, this is a big no no. Shaving a husky removes their ability to keep warm, but also their ability to keep cool. My vet also told me that it is possible for huskies to become severely sun-burnt and it is possible for them to die from this, as their skin has very little natural resistance to sun (because their fur is so thick it is not necessary).
My one solution: the Furminator. No, this is not some corny name that I came up with myself, it is an actual product. It is like a super-fine brush. Be warned, it is not cheap: it costs about $65 with tax for the size that you need for a husky, but it is well worth it. The furminator works by removing the under-lying coat that is blowing. I have been brushing Zoe about every 3 days for the past 2 weeks and I have yet to find a clump of hair around the house: I highly recommend this product for any husky-lovers out there.
That's all for now folks.
Furminator Tom Out.
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